So, so much for not reading as much in 2013. I’m on track for 108, but I’m sure I won’t read that much as the lower goal (only 75) won’t make me anxious and just read ANYTHING. I’m trying to be more discerning.
My absolute favorite was Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store. It was full of secrets, secret societies, books, secret books, and intrigue. I’m into that.
Everyone loved both The Language of Flowers and The Middlesteins, and I was just medium on both of them. The Middlesteins felt like a variation on the theme of the slew of East coast dead parents cause revelation sort of book that I’ve read so many of lately. And The Language of Flowers spent the last third of the book first fucking up as much as possible and then trying to fix everything in the neatest possible package the author could find. I don’t like perfectly neat endings.
Everything Matters! is dark dark dark. End of world dark and alcoholic dark and feeling responsible for people’s deaths dark. But I ended up loving it.
Every Love Story is a Ghost Story should be read by people who love DFW. It should not be read by others.
Now, the Y/A: Legend was cute and smart and different, UnEnchanted was FAB, but also filled with so much teen angst, but I felt that the second in the series Fairest failed to live up to the fun and interest of UnEnchanted. Finnikin of the Rock was a kindle deal last week that my sister texted me I had to read, and I did, and immediately downloaded #2, and I’m halfway through that now. The author’s doing a good thing in that, like the Graceling series, she is focusing on another character for the second book, which keeps it fresh.
Pages so far: 2722. Books so far: 9 On pace for: 108 books, 32,664 pages